Written Answers - On-farm Investment Schemes

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 714 No. 4

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  600.  Deputy Seán Sherlock  Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   when he will introduce the new targeted measures for dairy hygiene, sheep handling, fencing and water harvesting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30120/10]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  My Department has received EU approval for the introduction of a number of new on-farm investment schemes, including the provision of grant-aid for dairy equipment, water conservation, and sheep fencing and mobile handling facilities. However, due to the relatively short time-frames for completion of work, my priority has been the introduction of the Poultry and Sow Welfare Schemes which were launched on 16 June last. I now intend to progress the three remaining schemes. However, no dates have yet been fixed for their introduction.


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